Author: saundralparker

8 x 7 x 3″ Fold Flat Gift Bag, Perfect for Christmas Gifts

I saw Sam Calcott make a similar bag and thought it would be fun to make. I’ve made a similar bag out of 12 x 12″ papers, but wanted to try this in a little smaller size.

The papers I used were from The Paper Tree called Nature’s Song and I found mine on Ebay, but also looked today and found them here. I really liked this pad for making smaller gift bags for birthdays, baby and wedding showers and for any gift giving occasion. The patterns are lovely and the pad includes some toppers that are perfect for decorating your bags.

You’ll need two pieces of 8 x 8″ paper and if you don’t have 8 x 8″ pads, you could cut down 12 x 12″ paper to use instead, and use the leftover 4″ to make your bottom or one side. Score the papers (if they have a direction to the pattern) with the top of the paper facing your right side when in the score board. Score the piece that you’ll use for the back at 1 1/2″ and 7 1/8″. The other sheet of 8 x 8″ will be the front and you only need to score it at 7 1/8″ making sure the pattern (if directional) should face the right.

You’ll need three pieces of 4 x8″ paper, two for the sides and one for the bottom.

The bottom piece on the 4″ length, score at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″

The sides on the 8″ side score at 1″ and 2 1/2″ and turn to the 4″ length, (making sure our first scores are now near the bottom of the paper) score at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ and 2″ down to the 2 1/2″ score near the bottom. Then take them out of the score board and using a ruler and a stylus (scoring tool), score on the box you’ve scored near the bottom, score from that center 2″ score diagonally to the left side bottom of the box that’s scored, and diagonally on the right. Hopefully you can see it on the video so it makes more sense.

You’ll now take the two sides and cut the bottom corners that are scored as rectangles and cut out these boxes and cut a small diagonal slice out of the paper left so it’s a little smaller and easier to fit into place easier. If you follow the way I show to cut these, it will be easier. You’ll fold the two sides so that the sides fold under and the middle score becomes a valley and the bottom folds under and the diagonal scores are valley folds.

I used tear tape on this bag, and put one line of tear tape closest to the score line (but not over it) on the bottom and sides, and then used Bearly Art Glue to cover the rest of the scored areas on the sides and bottom. Link: Lay the bottom of your bag in front of you and take one side and lay the bottom piece of one side flat over the bottom lining it up so the score lines of the side matches the score lines of the bottom, and the piece of the side that you glue onto the bottom, it’s score is not on the bottom, but as close as you can get to the bottom piece. Glue the other side down the same way. Then take the front (this piece has only one score at 7 1/8″) of the bag (make sure the 7 1/8″ fold is at the top) and glue the bottom of it to the folded up side of the bottom and pull one side up and holding it as straight as possible and lining up the score of the side with the front piece, glue them together, then do the same with the other side. Then take the back of the bag and glue it in place the same as the front.

The ribbons are 10 1/2″ long and you’ll need 2. Mine were 5/8″ wide. Folding down the 7 1/8″ flap, on the front and back of the bag, measure in 2 1/2″ from each side and put a small mark on the fold. Then using a hole punch, punch a half circle on the fold as when you open the flap, it will create a full circle. Pull the ribbon through and leave only enough ribbon so it can be adhered with tear tape under the flap (less than 3/4″).. Pull the ribbon through the other hole on the same side and put tear tape under the length of the flap closest to the edge and put tear tape beneath each hole you made to lay your ribbon on and to hold it in place. Do the same to the back side of the bag with ribbon.

I decorated mine with a topper that came in the 8 x 8 paper pad and cut it with a die, then laid it on a piece of black paper and cut it with two sizes bigger of the die family and put it on foam squares to adhere to the front of the bag. I also found a Happy Birthday sentiment in the paper pad and put it on the flap and added Nuvo Dream Drops in Super Nova (I can’t find that color, but here are the ones I did find.) and added some dots to the center embellishment and to the sides of Happy Birthday on the flap at the top.

You can make this as a 12 x 12″ bag too, and I have a video showing you how:

To make this bag sturdier, I’d add a piece of cardboard inside the bottom of the bag that is 2 7/8″ wide and 7 7/8″ long .

Covering a Junior Legal Pad

I’ve seen a lot of these on You Tube and I modified them to make it the way I like it.

I found three junior legal pads for $1 at the Dollar Tree and mine are 8 x 5″ so make sure you follow my measurements on how to modify the sizes.

Start with cardboard (I used a backing for a paper pad) that is 8″ by 6″ so if whatever height your legal pad is, make the cardboard that height and add one inch to the width.

The paper (I used Stampin’ Up cardstock) you use to cover the cardboard is 1″ wider and 1″ taller than your cardboard, so mine is 9 x 6″. Put tear tape to cover one side of your cardboard and lay it in the center of this paper, then score the cardboard edges and put tear tape on the edges of the paper and cut out the corners about 1/8″ away from the corner of the cardboard. Fold the paper onto the cardboard and this is the back of our pad.

Using the same paper, you’ll need a piece that is 8 x 7″ or the same height as your legal pad and 2″ wider, if yours is a different size than mine. (In the video, I used the cardboard as the measurement for other size legal pads and said it’s 1″ wider and the same height and that’s correct). Score it on the 7″ length score at 1/2″, 1 1/2″ and 2″. Then take a pen and center it on the 8″ length on the second score line (sorry I said third on the video)..fold the paper under at the second score ( 1 1/2″) and make a mark where the inside of the top of the clip of the pen will go, and near the bottom of the clip make another mark, and then cut both marks to the next score (at 2″) line but NOT over that score. Make sure to erase the marks when you’re done cutting. I put tear tape on the back of the cut out for the pen and added a strip of Tyvek (from a used postal envelope) to that spot so when you pull the pen in and out, the pen holder won’t tear.

Put tear tape before the 1/2″ score and fold that piece of paper under so there’s a finished edge on the left side. Fold the second score the 1 1/2″ score, as a valley and the third score, the 2″, as a mountain. Add tear tape to the left side of the paper starting where you folded over the first score, to the second score line, it should be about an 1″, but don’t put any where your pen cut out is. Take a small piece of the same paper the same size as the opening for the pen (sorry I didn’t give measurements as it will depend on the size of your pen opening) and put tear tape on the back of it and lay it with the tear tape facing down under the opening for the pen, so when your pad is finished, you won’t see white cardboard under the pen. (Note, this is optional.)

Then lining up the left side of your paper on the left side of the cardboard, lay the pad in place at the top of the right side of your holder.

Take a piece of the same paper that is 11 x 1 1/2″ tall and wrap it around the cardboard of your legal pad centering it. Put tear tape on the pieces that are on the back of the cardboard and then lay it inside the cover so the legal pad is closest to the left fold of the paper . This allows you to reuse the folder after this legal pad is used.

To decorate the front of the cover, I used paper from Joann’s, Park Lane’s Watercolor Florals link: It is 1/4″ narrower and 1/4″ shorter than your legal pad, mine is 4 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ I used Bearly Art Glue to adhere the decorated paper. If you have a direction to your pattern, on the 7 3/4″ length, the pattern needs to face up.

To make a pocket, use the same green paper (non-decorated paper,) that is 4 x 6″ score at 1/2″, 5 1/2″ on the 6″ side and turn it and score at 1/2″ and you’ll fold and burnish these scores, and cut out the bottom corners (there should be small boxes that you’ll cut out.) Put decorated paper that is 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ on the front of the pocket.. put tear tape on the backs of the scored areas and adhere it to the inside left side of the cover.

I added a strip of decorated paper that is 7 3/4 x 1/4″ to the left side where the pen is. After I was done on the video, I added a butterfly and some purple Tonic Nuvo Drops to the centers of the flowers.

My Favorite Scissors and When I Use Them

These are the scissors I find most useful in day to day crafting.

Tonic Studios TITANIUM FINE CONTROL CRAFTERS SNIP / SCISSORS 4″ Link on Ebay: I use these scissors for fussy cutting and so far they work well. I like the small finger guides at the bottom to give more stability while I’m cutting. I haven’t had these for a long time, so don’t know how well they will hold up, but for now, I like them a lot.

Stampin Up Snips: For some reason, I couldn’t get their website to upload…go to and in the search bar, type snips. If you can’t get their site to work, you could go to ebay and find them there When I’m fussy cutting, these thin blades do an excellent job and I’ve had these scissors for several years and they still work great. The alternative to these would be EK Success Cutterbee scissors. They are supposed to be the same scissors, only marketed by a different company.

EK Success Cutterbee Scissors.…I guess these are no longer sold at retailers, but I did find them on’s the link to them. These are supposed to be the same as the Stampin Up snips, and should work the same, and for less money.

Tim Holtz Tonic 5″ Scissors link: I use these for cutting red rubber stamps, for cardboard and twine, and they work great. I like the small size, as I find they are lightweight and easy to hold.

Tim Holtz 6 1/2″ Scissors (they made these scissors a little smaller than mine) link: These are a little bit sturdier than the 5″ snips and I use them for the same jobs as the 5″ ones. If you are new to crafts, I recommend you buy either the Stampin’ Up snips or the EK Success Cutterbee scissors and one of the Tim Holtz Tonic scissors, as these two scissors should cover all of your scissor needs.

Hay Phi Scissors: link I bought these for when I need a long cut, as when you use a short scissor and need to make a long cut, it’s often not straight and has marks when I start and stop. These are high quality scissors made in Italy and are worth the investment.

If you are new to crafts, I recommend you buy either the Stampin’ Up snips or the EK Success Cutterbee scissors and one of the Tim Holtz Tonic scissors, as these two scissors should cover all of your scissor needs.

Making a Different Purse Shaped Gift Bag

I wanted to make another purse shaped gift bag…so found this on Sam Calcott’s Mixed Up Craft video, link:

You’ll need something to decorate the ends of the handles. I used a 1 1/4″ circle punch and a 1 3/4″ scallop circle punch, punched four circles in gold cardstock and four scallop circles in the same purple cardstock as I made the bag out of and glued them together to form what looks like four flowers.

The purple paper I use is from Amazon made by American Crafts, and here’s the link.

The floral paper is from Joann’s and is their brand Park Lane and is called Watercolor Florals, link:×12-stack-watercolor-floral/17705039.html

You’ll need two sheets of plain colored cardstock 9 1/2 x 12″ scored on the 12″ length (on both pieces) score at 3 1/2″ bottom and on the 9 1/2″ length (as far away from the 3 1/2″ score as you can) at 1 1/2″ and 8″ You’ll put the paper into your paper trimmer with the 1 1/2″ mark in the top of your trimmer in the cut line and line of the left edge of your paper on the score line you made near the bottom, and cut on the angle, then do the same on the 8″ mark.

Two pieces of patterned cardstock for the sides that are 4 1/2 x 6″ on the 6″ length, score at 5″, and on the 4 1/2″ length, (with the first score near the bottom) score at 1/2″, 4″ and then score at 2 1/4″ only down to the 5″ score that’s near the bottom

One piece of patterned cardstock to decorate the front of the bag that is 8 1/4 x 9 1/4″ If you have more than two pieces of 12 x 12 in a certain pattern, you could cover the front and the back of your bag, but sadly, I only had two pieces so could not. On the 9 1/4″ length, make a mark at 1 1/2″ and 7 3/4″ then using your paper trimmer, put the 1 1/2″ mark in the cut line of your trimmer and then the bottom left corner of your paper in the cut line, then cut so you have the angled edge, then do the same with the 7 3/4″ mark.

Two solid cardstock that are 1″ x 12″ for the handles, scoring from 1 1/2″ to 10 1/2″ on the 1″ length, score at 1/2″…so you shouldn’t have any scoring near both ends.

For the closure: solid color cardstock– 3 1/2″ x 3″ on the 3 1/2″ length, score at 2 3/4″ and one piece of patterned paper that is 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. Fold under the score, and using a corner rounder, round the bottom two corners on both papers. I use a Kadomaru Pro corner rounder that I found on Amazon and love it. Glue the two papers together with wet glue, and I’m using Bearly Art Glue.

You’ll need to fold and burnish all of your score lines.

The two side pieces you will fold under all of your scores except the center one that can be pushed in or out, it’s up to you.

Cut the bottom small boxes out and then angle the cuts on the sides so it will fold under easily.

Your large purple paper that will make the front and back of the bag….one of them, you’ll need to cut a very slight angle to the bottom section that is scored. This is the piece you’ll glue to the bag after the two sides are adhered. Take one of the purple pieces and one side piece….put tear tape or wet glue on the bottom and side folds of the patterned side piece. The bottom flap will attach to one side of the scored section of the large purple paper and then attach the side of the side piece to the side of the purple paper, and do the same with the second side, then take the other purple paper(with slightly angled bottom) and put glue under the scored area and slide it onto the other purple bottom piece, then glue the side pieces onto it. Next adhere the patterned paper that is used to decorate the front.

The 12 x 1″ strips make the handles…you’ll put glue in the center maybe from 3″ to 9″ leaving the ends without adhesive, then fold the score and after it’s dry, if you use wet adhesive, use a round object and holding the end of this strip over the round object, pull tightly toward you to create a curved look.

Glue the “flower” you made with with circle and scallop circle punches to the ends of the handles, then glue about 1″ from the ends to the end and attach to the purse. Then take a piece of velcro and attach it to the closure about 3/4″ from the bottom and centered (the bottom is the furthest away from the score line). Put glue above the score line and adhere to the back of the bag with the score line right above the edge of the bag, then pinch the front and back of the bag closed, making sure they perfectly line up, and then close the flap making sure the velcro adheres firmly to the front of the bag. Then open the bag gently and rub the velcro to make sure it stays glued in place.

We drove from our home in N/W Pennsylvania, to Utica, NY, and then to Quechee Gorge, Vermont. It’s pronounced q-wetch-ee gorge, and I never did say it correctly, but listening to other YouTubers, neither did they…so I’m not alone in mispronouncing it.

We went to Vermont because it’s one of the only states left that we haven’t visited…We still have North and South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Alaska, but we’ll finish, as it’s the only thing on our bucket list. We’ll do Alaska on a cruise, but not sure the best way to see the last four states. If you have any ideas on the best way to accomplish this, please let me know, saundralparker

The gorge is lovely, but is hard to video as it’s behind a chain link fence. and has only a few small openings to video through. The waterfall is near the bottom of the screen and I’ll be sure to add some of Rich’s photos to facebook so you can see a better view of it. I loved their wooded area, but sadly, no wildlife for the entire trip. We left Quechee for Woodstock, VT, where they have so many lovely old Colonial style homes and several covered bridges. We stayed in White River Junction, VT for three nights, then onto York Beach Maine, where we’ve visited many times before. We met a viewer, Terrie, and her significant other, Vince, near Nubble Light House and had a great time getting to know each other in person.

The weather in York Beach was not good….but the last day we were able to visit their Wild Kingdom, which wasn’t too wild. There were very few “wild animals” there, but we did get to feed some goats, deer and otters, and there’s nothing better than feeding animals, for us.

We stayed on Long Sands beach for the first three nights, then onto the Union Bluff Hotel on Short Sands Beach. We wanted to stay there for our entire stay, but I booked the trip at the last minute, and since it’s high season, they had rooms, but we would have to change rooms every night, and that didn’t sound like fun. So we stayed at the GrandView Inn for the first three nights then onto the Union Bluff. I gave viewers a tour of the hotel room and the view of downtown York Beach and all of our favorite stops in town, including Sandy’s Purple Palace and their arcade, where we fell in love, many years ago, with the Addams Family Pinball machine, which precipitated us buying our own machine. I’ll link the video where I show it in the tour of our basement.

In Love Arts Dies, Making Some Great Cards!

The kind people at sent me these dies and I thought we’d try them out.

Discount Code: 20% off using code G-42879 with no expiration date

Simple Fence die:

Foldable Flower Die-these aren’t flowers, but are nautilus shells that layer…here’s the link:

Lemon Glass Frame Dies:

Spring Beautiful Flower dies:

Dragonfly and flowers dies:

Child Praying under the trees:

The first card I made used both the fence die and the child praying under the trees dies. I took a black card base cut to 8 1/2″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″ to make an A2 sized card. I cut the child praying under the trees out of the center of the front of the card base and then cut a blue piece of cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and glued it behind the circle I cut, then added foam tape under the child praying under the tree so it’s got some dimension. I had a hello die that I cut out of one scrap of white and cut two more hello’s out of the same blue as the piece I glued behind the child die cut. I glued the three hello’s together so the white shows a little to create more interest, then glued hello to the top near the left side. I used Bearly art glue to glue it in place and glued the fence that I cut out of white scraps…I cut two fences and glued them together. I didn’t add foam tape behind it and it still worked well.

The second card I made uses the lemon glass frame. I made a multi colored straw by cutting out an orange and a yellow straw and then cutting the straws where there’s a line on the straw, every other section, I glued the orange piece over the yellow straw. I used a white card base from Recollections Heavyweight cardstock from Michaels, 5 1/2′ tall by 8 1/2″ wide, scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″ and fold it in half. I added a piece of glittery orange cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and glued it to the front, then cut the jar out of orange cardstock and cut the lemons and oranges out of yellows and oranges, then added white circle punches that are 5/8″ for small lemons/oranges, and 1″ circle punches for the larger lemons/oranges and glued the white to the backs to create the look of a real orange/lemon. I added clear glitter to the front so they look juicy. I added tear tape to the back of the jar, then glued acetate to it and trimmed off any acetate you can see from the front, then added foam tape behind the acetate and then laid the bottom of the jar to the card front and then wet glued the oranges and lemons inside the jar. I also glued the straw through the opening on the jar after I slid it into the jar. I had a sentiment, Hello sunshine” from an old stamp set that I glued to the straw that made it look like a flag.

The third card I made, was done using the nautilus shells that they call foldable flowers, and are actually shells. I used a brown to cut the outline and a tan color for the background. I tore a piece of patterned paper that looked like sand and glued it to the bottom half of the front of an A2 sized pearl blue card base. I used the same patterned paper to stamp the sentiment on and glued it to the top right side of the card base. I added a piece of blue paper to the inside of the card so I have something I can write on. The fourth card I used an A2 sized Recollections Heavyweight white card base that I added a white pearlized cardstock that I ran through a Brutus Monroe called Petal Lace, link: and glued a piece of screen I got at a garage sale near the left side running it from top to bottom, and then took the dragonfly and butterflies that I die cut from black cardstock, and backed them with white cardstock, then trimmed it so you don’t see the white outside of the black outline and put them on foam squares and glued them on an angle to the screen. I added a sentiment on a white scrap “have a happy day” on foam squares to the top right of the card front.

How to make a die cut different colors: Run the die out of a pink color and then again with a green color. Cut the green piece so you snip off the blossoms and then glue the leaves over the pink leaves. I used alcohol markers from Arteza and colored the images in darker pinks and greens and then added clear rhinestones to the flower centers. I hope this gave you some good ideas for how to use dies, and thank the nice people at for sending me their dies.

Glues: My Favorite and What They Are Used For

Glue videos: Wet glue comparisons:

Small tape runners:

Large ATG comparison:

Glue Sticks and Glue Pen comparisons:

I wanted to do an updated videos on my favorite glues and when I use them.

Aleene’s Tack it Over and Over--I use this to adhere red rubber stamps to their backing, or to get stamps to stick to the lid of the MISTI. I make my own Glue Dots with it by putting dots of it onto sticker paper. I also use it to adhere my stamp sets into CD cases. Link:

Nuvo Precision Glue Pen–Use this to attach small pearls, sequins, diamonds, beads. I had it clog and used my heat gun and waved it in front of the gun and that did unclog it, but it was probably not the best idea, so I don’t recommend others do it. Link:

Tombow Mono Adhesive–this glue stays sticky after it’s dry, so you can put this glue on a project, let it dry and then adhere something to it. This is the glue of choice for the Stampin’ Up ladies, and it does a great job…but, you don’t get a lot in the bottle. The tip doesn’t clog and there are two tip options for people who prefer using the bigger tip. My friend Sherry made me a glue holder, by taking a votive cup from the Dollar Tree and adding a large dollop of hot glue in the bottom and then placing the cap of this glue into the hot glue before it set. You can use either this glue or the Tombow Mono Aqua Adhesive in her glue holder because their lids, although two different colors, are exactly the same size. Link:

Tombow Mono Aqua Adhesive–this is the sister to the Mono Adhesive, but it doesn’t stays sticky after it’s dry. I prefer this to the Mono, as it’s a bigger bottle. It dries clear and works well and the fine tip applicator doesn’t clog (because it’s not an ultra fine tip.) There are two tip options for people who prefer using the bigger tip. Link:

Standiy–If you put your glue tip down perfectly onto the pink foam, it works well, otherwise, the glue leaks everywhere. Link:

Bearly Art Glue—very similar to Art Glitter Glue. I like the bottle and the black tip on this glue as I can always seem to get this glue to squeeze out. It dries clear and works for almost everything (other than things I use the Aleene’s Tack it Over and Over on. Link:

Tear Tape–I use tear tape more than any kind of glue, as it’s got significant hold and I always know it will work well, no matter what I’m using it on. Link:

Beacon’s 3 in 1 Glue– For 3D projects, it adds stability, and makes projects sturdy, more hard. It does have a very distinctive smell and I recommend you have good ventilation when you use it. Sam Calcott from Mixed Up Craft recommends Colall Glue that’s very similar to Beacon. link:

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written

But I haven’t had a lot to talk about for so long, and I finally have something to say. Rich and I are getting a puppy. We’re getting another English Retriever like Honey. If I haven’t said this on YouTube, Honey has a spot of cancer on her nose. The oncologist gave her a year with no treatment and 23 months with treatment. I’m not sure about you, but putting a dog through radiation sounds inhumane, and we chose not to proceed with treatment. We gave Honey a high dose of CBD oil for the first two months after we got the diagnosis and her nose bump is gone. The oncologist said that cancer takes the path of least resistance, meaning it shouldn’t go into her nose, but instead, should continue to expand upward until it gets to the point that the skin can’t stretch enough and breaks. The visual the vet oncologist’s words inspired, did not make us happy. I don’t know if the CBD oil helped or if the cancer found another way to grow, but so far, (and it’s been probably 3-4 months) we don’t see any signs of it getting worse. With that being said, the reason we’re getting a puppy, is we don’t want either of our dogs to be an “only child.”

Dogs like to form a pack, so if you have two dogs, they are their own pack. When one of those dogs leaves the pack, the other dog is lost without it’s other pack member, and often will die of heart break. If you don’t like dogs, you probably don’t believe this, but I’ve seen it myself. Our dogs have grieved deeply for their lost counterparts, and if they hadn’t had a younger dog to look out for, I don’t think our dogs would have survived. We’ve woken in the night to dogs howling like their hearts have broken and Rich and I both bursting into tears, hearing our dog in so much pain.

We don’t know how long Honey truly has, but we’ll be grateful for the time we have with her. Bella is 11, so we may lose her before Honey, and as much as you plan for every contingency, losing both dogs in the next couple of years, is a real possibility. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we have to.

We’re also going on vacation next week for 9 days. Driving through New York to Vermont, and then after 3-4 days there, onto York, Maine. We have a bucket list that we want to visit all 50 states, and even though Vermont is truly only one state away from us, we’ve never been there. Once we check Vermont off our list, we only have North and South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Alaska to go. It would be great if we could check the first four off in one trip, but I doubt that would be easy to accomplish. Alaska, we’ll cruise there once cruising is safe again, and then we’ll be done. It’s been fun seeing the whole country, and we made sure we didn’t count things like landing in an airport in a state…we truly had to visit that state. We’ve really enjoyed so many states and look forward to seeing the rest. Our biggest regret is not seeing the Grand Canyon, so we’ll probably make another trip there at some point.

As for crafting, I have been trying to organize my craft room and it’s been months of moving things around and not having anywhere to walk….It’s been so frustrating, and I can’t wait until I can finally look around and not be embarrassed by the mess. I’ve had to give up diamond painting for a while, as my elbows don’t want to play, and repetitive motions that diamond paintings require, make my elbows swell and ache. Such is the life of a crafty diva.

Nightmare Before Christmas Keychains

The nice people at sent me some dies and diamond art, and unfortunately their dies wouldn’t release the paper, no matter what I tried, so I won’t be sharing those with you. The diamond art, however, was a lot of fun and I recommend it highly. If you have a family member or friend who loves Nightmare Before Christmas, this is a great set for beginners or experienced diamond painting enthusiasts. You can use them as key chains (the way they’re intended, or you could only add diamonds to one side and turn them into refrigerator magnets, or use them as gift tags, or on cards.

Nightmare before Christmas diamond key chains link:

Making a Stamp, Die & Ephemera Storage Binder

I have been getting a monthly kit from Papercraft Society and I love their storage system, and wanted to make similar binders for my stamps, dies and ephemera.

You will need 3 pieces of 12 x 12 paper solid core, in the color of your choice. I think I’ll make another in an upcoming video that I’ll line with chipboard/cardboard, to make it more sturdy. This one is fine, but maybe not as sturdy as I had hoped.

The paper I used is from American Crafts Smooth Cardstock Pack, link:

The decorated papers I used are from Joann’s, their brand, Park Lane Flower Garden. link: If you’re shopping right now, this paper is 1/2 off and is a large pad, 180 sheets, and would work great if you make your own envelopes, since it’s a very light weight paper.

Cut your three pieces of 12 x 12″ papers, cut two of the pieces down to 9 x 12″ and the last down to 6 x 9″. Take the two pieces that are 9 x 12″ and on the 9″ length, put tear tape on the right edge covering the last 1/2″, doing the same to the second 9 x 12″ piece on the 9″ length. Then take the tear tape backing off and add a little wet glue so when you try to lay the papers on top of each other, if you make a mistake, you will be able to move the papers without destroying them. Add the last 6×9″ piece to the right end, so you have one very long piece.

Scoring: With all three pieces now connected together, score at 6 3/4 and 7″ and then fold them up so you can put the second score (the 7″ one) on the far left of the score board, and score again at 6 3/4″ and 7 1/8″, then fold both of these scores up, and putting the 7 1/8″ score on the far left of the score board, score at 6 3/4 and 7 1/4″. Make sure all of your scores are well scored and fold them so you’ve created what looks like a binder. Set this aside for a second.

For pockets you’ll need 3 pieces of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock…I used matching Stampin’ Up cardstock and cut all three pieces to 7 3/4 x 10″.

Then score all of them on the 10″ length on the very bottom, score at 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″. On the 7 3/4″ length, score at 1 1/4 and 1 1/2″.

Go back to the long length of paper we set aside, and lay a plate or something oval onto the outside flap that should be on top. Trace the plate or oval piece you’ve laid onto it and cut it out. This will give you a nice finished look for your binder. Set the binder aside and let’s work on the pockets.

The scissors I used are from Hay and are called Phi, and I bought them from the Hay company, here’s the link.

Fold the scores to create the pocket, then cut out the boxes in the corner where the two sets of score lines cross each other. Open the paper back up so it’s flat and cut a line from the top (the top only has scores on one side) to the bottom edge, furthest from where the scores meet each other, on a diagonal. Make the cuts so they don’t cut into any score lines. Fold all scores in and you will see paper showing at the top and bottom that you won’t want to see, so cut that paper off on an angle. Do this to all three of these.

Back to the binder, Decorating: You need 3 pieces of 12 x 12 cut to 8 3/4 x 12″. I took the Flower Garden papers that are super lightweight and used tear tape on them to line the outside of the binder. I laid it on the innermost fold first (you could start with the area you cut on a plate first too.) and work your way to the other end. The piece that covered the outer flap, I tear taped down and then flipped everything over and cut it from behind so the decorative paper covers to the edge of the flap. I used self adhesive Velcro from the Dollar Tree and laid it about 1″ from the edge and 4 1/2″ from the bottom of the outer flap.

I found some papers in the Flower Garden pack that had a floral pattern that ran diagonally on the paper, and decided to layer these onto my pockets, I laid the paper onto my pocket and decided where I wanted the pattern to lie, and cut off the rest. I used the first floral paper as a template and laid it on the other pieces so they were all cut the same, then adhered them to the fronts of my pockets. The layered paper is 8 1/4″ tall x 6″ wide if you want to measure paper to cut on a diagonal

At 24:30, I lay green paper into the binder. There’s a seam in the middle of the paper that might create a problem when you try to fill the pocket, so I took leftover green paper and cut it to the same length, but the width is from the score on the left, to the seam in the center (and that might be different for yours than for mine.) I tear taped the paper down and then glued the pocket right to the score lines, but not over them and lined up with the bottom edge of the binder.

I cut a big design out of one of the paper sheets in my pad and glued it to the front of the binder.